Fourth Straight-Shutout For Fordham, Rams Defeat Gaels, 6-0
April 27, 2010
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Hitting and pitching helped the Fordham softball team to its fourth consecutive shutout, as the Rams defeated local foe Iona, 6-0, on Tuesday afternoon at the Rice Oval. With the win, the Rams recorded their 40th win for the first time in program history. The victory also helps the Rams to an undefeated record on the road this year at 15-0, and extends Fordham's win-streak to 14 games.
With the win, Fordham is 40-8 overall. Iona falls to 22-18.
Sophomore Jen Mineau (Schaghticoke, N.Y./Hoosic Valley Central) got her 27th win as a starter for Fordham. Mineau pitched four innings, allowed just one hit and struck out four. The sophomore hurler has 400 strikeouts on the season. Mineau is 27-5 in the circle.
Senior Erin Fisher (Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville) got the Rams on the board early with a three-run slam over the centerfield fence. Fisher's homer was her 13th this season. Junior Jocelyn Dearborn (New Milford, Pa./Blue Ridge) led off the game with a single to third base, and junior Beckah Wiggins (Conklin, N.Y./Susquehanna Valley) singled to the left side two at bats later. Both Dearborn and Wiggins were on base for Fisher's over the fence rip.
Sophomore Jessica Richards (Trabuco Canyon, Calif./Mission Viejo) hit a double that curved over the right field line in the top of the fourth. Richards advanced to third on sophomore Lindsey Kay Bright's (Federal Way, Wash./Decatur) hit to the shortstop Bright was called safe on the infield hit as the Iona firstbaseman took her foot off the bag on the catch. On Dearborn's at bat, Bright went to steal second. The Gaels' catcher threw down to her secondbaseman but the ball got past her and into the field. Bright saw the opportunity to grab third, and Richards went in to score. On the next pitch, Dearborn hit a solid single to center to score Bright at third and Fordham went up 5-0 through three and a half innings.
Fordham scored their final run of the game in the top of the sixth as rookie Chelsea Palumbo (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) hit a double into right field. Palumbo advanced to third on Bright's at bat and was in scoring position for Dearborn's at bat. A wild pitch during Dearborn's at bat was enough for Palumbo to score and give the Rams a 6-0 lead through five and a half innings.
Junior Chelsea Plimpton (East Amherst, N.Y./Williamsville South) came in to relieve Mineau in the fifth inning. Plimpton got the save through three innings of work, allowing just one hit and striking out one Gael in 11 batters.
Dearborn was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, rookie Jamie LaBovick (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) was also 2-for-4. Fisher was 1-for-4 with three RBI.
Up next, Fordham will host Charlotte in an Atlantic 10 doubleheader on Sunday, May 2. The doubleheader will start at noon at the Bahoshy Softball Complex. Charlotte and Fordham are tied with league record of 12-2.